The Buffalo Bills have an opportunity to be trendsetters Saturday night. If the team truly wants to be progressive, it should take a bold approach to the preseason. That would be to sit all of its starters. For every game.
Sure, some teams have done that with select players. But no team has ever gone all the way with it. So grab a clipboard, Tyrod Taylor. Get comfortable on the bench, LeSean McCoy. Make some room for Sammy Watkins and the offensive line, too. Go get something to eat, Marcell Dareus, Jerry Hughes and Kyle Williams. Save some for Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby.
Preseason football is one of the great ripoffs in all of professional sports. In an ideal world, the NFL would limit the number of these meaningless games to two a season, but since that would cut into the profit margin, we can be sure it won’t happen.
Some rabid fans may want to see the Bills’ stars against the Colts, but they’ll surely feel different about that if one of them blows out a knee. The risk-reward ratio skews heavily to the risk side, so why not reduce it greatly?